EB13: 2014 NeilPryde Zephyr Endurance Road Bike Bends Norms for a Comfy Ride
The NeilPryde Zephyr is their new endurance race bike. It uses the same top-level carbon as the Alize, but with more relaxed geometry -longer wheelbase, shorter top tube, slightly slacker head angle- and a taller head tube to put you in a more upright position.
The frame uses PFBB30, all carbon headset cups and is designed around a 27.2 seatpost. It’s mechanical and electronic drivetrain compatible, and clearance for 700×28 tires help it check off all the right boxes for a modern gran fondo style bicycle. But what makes it special?
The seatstays get a special layup that couples with a cantilevered rear axle design to provide good vertical flex characteristics. They used more carbon on the backs of the seatstays than the front. The thinner walls of the front assists in making them flex to give the desired ride feel.
Then, they flow into an extended seat tube to amplify the effect.
The fork is similarly shaped to provide a bit of fore/aft flex.
The complete bike comes with Ultegra and white paint. The frameset, which includes a carbon 27.2 seatpost, fork and headset, gets this sweet black paint scheme with lime and white accents.
Frame weight is around 960g for a small, large is around 1020g. Retail is $2,595 for the frameset and $3,695 complete. Wheels are Shimano RS31 wheels and Vittoria tires. Seriously – $1,100 more gets you a complete Ultegra group and all the rest. Just not that sweet black/lime paint scheme.
(Note: the build in this post was just to showcase products carried by their German distributor and isn’t sold as shown)